On a biodynamic wine farm in Somerset West you’ll find magnificently light, sophisticated fare in a cantilevered glasshouse. The Restaurant at Waterkloof made it into the Top 10 for the first time this year. Watch chef Gregory Czarnecki hear the news.
Eat Out critic Graham Howe explains why you need to book a table at The Restaurant at Waterkloof.
Applying French culinary technique, Chef Gregory Czarnecki creates fare as light and ethereal as his glasshouse lair in the mountains of the Helderberg. Classic meets contemporary in innovative winelands cuisine inspired by the natural landscape, using organic, free-range ingredients like farm eggs, mushrooms, lamb, wild herbs and salads grown on this biodynamic estate, with seafood sourced from False Bay.
The sense of transparency in an open glass kitchen translates into simple, honest flavours; this is South African fare with a sophisticated spin. Artisanal suppliers and growers are highlighted on a menu designed to showcase the estate’s wines. The changing seasonal à la carte menu delights with meticulously crafted compositions like farmed Mulloway kabeljou with pistachio, broccoli and endive, or Joostenberg Vlakte duck with orange confit and sultana fritter. Signature starters tempt with sublime flavour combinations such as Smiling Valley marron with piquant grapefruit, and delicate textures of peas paired with truffled buttermilk. The dishes at The Restaurant at Waterkloof are artfully plated with subtle reductions, foams and emulsions. There’s limited choice for vegetarians when it comes to mains.
Desserts are divine, including the likes of a fantastic local cheese platter and a wonderful quince-and-verjuice terrine with buffalo yoghurt.
Enjoy the estate’s own renowned wines paired by the glass to every course, as well as complimentary spring water bottled on the farm.
The approach is warm and attentive, from arrival to departure and ranging from wine to food service.
This is smart, intimate fine dining. Cocooned in a contemporary glasshouse cantilevered on the Schaapenberg, the diner enjoys spectacular views all the way to False Bay.
In winter, try the popular platter of terrine paired with their own organic olives, breads and a trio of cheeses that includes Waterkloof’s own Healey’s slow-matured cheddar, served in the tasting lounge next to a roaring fire.